civilly

adverb
civ·​il·​ly | \ ˈsi-və(l)-lē \

Definition of civilly

1 : in terms of civil rights, law, or matters civilly dead
2 : in a civil manner : politely

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The head of Vocatio, former priest Rosario Mocciaro who married civilly in 1977, estimates there are about 5,000 men in Italy alone who have left the priesthood, a third of whom would seek a return to married ministry if allowed. Nicole Winfield, The Seattle Times, "Issue of married Catholic priests gains traction under pope," 23 Oct. 2018 Serving the medical needs of an aging population civilly committed to the Special Commitment Center on McNeil Island means more doctor appointments and costs. Alexis Krell, The Seattle Times, "Aging sex offenders on McNeil Island needed 557 medical trips last year," 21 July 2018 And there are ways to tag -- civilly tag people who are unstable by teachers and officials, which is actually taking guns away. Fox News, "President Trump demands probe of campaign 'spy'," 22 May 2018 Some people lamented that the country’s ability to debate the tough issues of the day civilly seems hopelessly lost. BostonGlobe.com, "Americans celebrate nation’s birthday, lament divisions," 4 July 2018 The admonition comes as Francis' opening to divorced and civilly remarried Catholics has badly divided the church. Fox News, "Pope on Holy Thursday urges priests to be close to sinners," 29 Mar. 2018 Armatey had been in trouble with the law before, and had been civilly committed to a state hospital from June 2016 to December 2017, the Star-Tribune reported. Scott Berson, miamiherald, "The couple 'freaked him out' - so he ran them over with his van and drove off, police say," 3 July 2018 Everyone acted so civilly this time, from LeBron James with a simple statement to the greater sports world with its anger on mute, that this latest move seemed expected more than surprising, dramatic but equally anti-climactic. Dave Hyde, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Hyde: LeBron's decision changes L.A., East ... and Heat hopes," 2 July 2018 The prosecution and defense agreed to keep Chapman civilly committed and held without bail until June 27 while both sides determined their next moves. Fox News, "The Latest: Convicted child rapist held without bail," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of civilly

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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